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David Miller Full Biography

David Miller is a long established soloist and well known as an accompanist and continuo player on lute, theorbo and early guitars, flourishing in both the early music world and the mainstream musical scene. He performs and records with all the principal English period instrument orchestras and with many of the finest ensembles, appearing at numerous prestigious European music festivals.

 

David’s musical focus is as a soloist and accompanist. Over the past twenty years he has enjoyed collaborations with many other solo artists, including singers Paul Agnew, James Bowman, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Grace Davidson, Emma Kirkby, Elin Manahan Thomas and Stephen Varcoe, harpist Frances Kelly, violinists Bojan Cicic, Rachel Podger and Elizabeth Wallfisch, fellow lutenist Jacob Heringman, and Arab singer and oud player Abdul Salam Kheir.

 

Among numerous recordings are several CDs of English songs and lute music, including John Dowland discs with both James Bowman and Charles Daniels, as well as the complete works of John Danyel with Nigel Short. He has recorded consort music by Dowland with Concordia and the King’s Singers, and lute works by Francesco da Milano on Concordia’s Titian disc. As a member of I Fagiolini he included solo lute works by Holborne and Byrd on their Triumphs of Orianna disc. His award-winning disc with Elin Manahan Thomas - Ravish’d with Sacred Extasies – features devotional songs by Dowland, Campian, Humfrey and Purcell, as well as rarely heard lute and theorbo music by John Lawrence and John Wilson.

 

David’s solo album, The Famous Weiss, features music by the great Baroque lute virtuoso Silvius Leopold Weiss. It has received enthusiastic reviews, including:

    “an exceptionally engaging recording ... what wonderful expressiveness and musical intelligence David Miller brings to this music” (Lute News);

    “David Miller plays with a particular sensitivity to musical ebb and flow, as well as producing a beautifully rich and refined tone” (Early Music Review); and 

    “Like ‘the famous Weiss’, David Miller brings great spirit and brilliance to these wonderful works. It is no wonder Weiss continues to be popular with both players and audiences.” (Lute Society of America).

 

With violinist Rachel Podger and continuo players Marcin Swiatkiewicz and Jonathan Manson he has recorded all of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas, recently released in a double album and already receiving five star reviews. Future recording projects include Dowland First Book of Songs with soprano Grace Davidson and Carbonelli Violin Sonatas with violinist Bojan Cicic.

 

In addition, David has over 200 recordings as an accompanist and continuo player, and he can be heard on the soundtracks of Francesco da Mosto’s Venice, The Canterbury Tales, Bob the Builder, the Samuel Pepys Diaries serialised on Woman’s Hour, and - much to the delight of his family - Dr Who and Harry Potter!

 

David has performed at Dartington since the mid-1990s, and he continues to inspire the younger generation of lutenists in his teaching role as professor of lute at the Guildhall School.

"He is excellent both as a partner to the voice and as a soloist."

John Duarte, The Gramophone

“David Miller’s lute playing is sensitive and agile ...both singer and lutenist capture the word painting which is such a feature and strength of these songs.”  

Charlotte Gardner, BBC

"David Miller plays with a particular sensitivity to musical ebb and flow, as well as producing a beautifully rich and refined tone."

Andrew Benson-Wilson,

Early Music Review

"Whether on the lute or on the theorbo, Miller's solos and accompaniments are ...

models of good taste and sound judgement." 

Robert Levett,

International Record Review

"David Miller on theorbo was, as ever, the perfect discreet accompanist." 

Sebastian Scotney, Bachtrack

Reviews

"... enchanting, highly polished and most entertaining ...

I fail to recall an audience so entranced and focused on listening to music" 

Canterbury Guitar Society